Facing Punishment for “Insulting Islam,” Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi is on Hunger Strike, Says Wife

We thought there might be some hope for Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi, who still awaited 950 lashes as part of punishment for “insulting Islam.” A couple of weeks ago, a Swiss official said Badawi may have been pardoned, though there was no independent confirmation of this.

Now, Badawi’s wife said the situation is much worse than we expected.



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Pennsylvania High School Will Go Through with Live Nativity Scene Despite Legal Challenge

Since when did live Nativity scenes in high school holiday concerts become a thing?

A judge recently ruled that a school in Indiana could not perform the Christian myth because, obviously, it promoted Christianity at the exclusion of every other belief.

Now, a school in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania is going forward with their own version of the Bible scene because they assume the law doesn’t apply to them:



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Atheist Woman Performs Random Act of Kindness at Atlanta Islamic Center

When members of the Islamic Community Center of Atlanta left a ladies’ class earlier this week, they found a note waiting for them in a sandwich bag. Expecting the worst, they opened it to find a handwritten note from an atheist woman with a $20 bill attached:



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Christian University Wins Right to Ban LGBT Students

Some Christian colleges are constantly trying to limit the rights of LGBT students and teachers, but one school in Tennessee has reached a new low.

Carson-Newman University, a private Southern Baptist college, successfully filed a waiver granting the school an exemption to Title IX, which normally protects students against discrimination. The university can now legally ban any students whose “lifestyles” aren’t aligned with its values. This category includes, but isn’t limited to, LGBT students, students who have had abortions, pregnant students, and unwed parents.



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Elementary School Basketball Coach Joins Kids’ Prayer Circle Until Getting Called Out On It

See anything wrong with this picture?

That would be Morristown Elementary School basketball coach Scott Spahr standing with his fifth and sixth grade girls as they pray. Whether he asked them to do it or joined them in their own prayer circle doesn’t matter. His presence sends the message that Christians (and only Christians) are welcome on his team and a girl stands outside the circle at her own risk.

The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center sent a letter to the District warning them about the problem and the Superintendent had no choice but to address it:

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